Vijaya Dashmi or Dusshera is also one of the most important festivals of the Hindus. It is celebrated in the autumn season, in Sept. or Oct. The festival marks the victory of Rama over Ravana, the demon king of Lanka, signifying the victory of good over evil.
The festival is celebrated with great gaiety throughout the length and breadth of the country. In North India the festival is celebrated for ten days as Ram Lila in most of the towns and villages. Ram Lila is a sort of drama based on the life of Lord Rama. It culminates on the Dusshera day. It is on this day that effigies of Ravana, Kumbhkaran and Megnadh are burnt.
In Delhi this festival in celebrated with great enthusiasm People look gay. The shops are decorated. Confectioners arrange their sweets in an attractive manner. There is a great rush in the bazaars and customers are seen carrying sweets for the young at home. At 5 P.M. the people gather at the Ram Lila Groupds and watch the burning of the effigies and the whole place resounds with the bursting of the crackers Delhi being a very big city this function is celebrated at many places. They take out a procession from Kali Mata mandir and go round the city before taking the image to the Jumna for immersion.
The greatest show of this festival is the Ram Lila. Even the Doordarshan does not lag behind and it enacts scenes on the small screen. Many pageants based on the life of Rama are taken out on the. Bharat Milap day and are witnessed by thousands of people.